Assistants: Shawn Craik
was an unusually cold week for mid-March, and also very windy - so much
so that it never calmed down enough for us to safely open the nets.
The only new migrants this week were a couple of flocks of Canada Geese,
but they passed high overhead since the MBO ponds are still frozen
completely solid. In fact, we took this opportunity to explore the
full extent of the flooding of the back pond by walking across the ice,
and found that it is even greater than we had expected - the bases of
many large trees are entirely submerged, and effectively the entire back
corner of the property is a single large lake, with the berms on either
side of it (at net lanes B and C) now only a couple of metres above the
surface. It will be a very wet spring at MBO; hopefully at least
the ducks will appreciate it!